Book Reviews

Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Author: Emily Jackson

Price: 37.99

Edition: 3rd Edition (August 2013)

ISBN: 978-0-19-969360-3

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In recent times, medical law has become a subject on its own rather than a topic within a tort law module.  The decision of universities to offer this topic as a standalone module has led to a need for medical law textbooks.  Now in its third edition, Emily Jackson's popular Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials aims to provide everything a medical law student would want in one place.  This is an ambitious but admirable aim.  The fact it achieves this aim is down to the excellent balance and the care Jackson has taken to select the right amount (and the right sources) for inclusion in this text.

Written by a leading academic specialising in medical law, Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials has seventeen chapters: an introduction to bioethics; resource allocation; medical malpractice; consent I: understanding; consent II: capacity and voluntariness; mental health law; confidentiality; genetic information; clinical research; product liability and the regulation of medicines; organ transplantation; embryo and stem cell research; abortion; liability for occurrences before birth; assisted conception; surrogacy; and end of life.

There is no doubt that Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials is very well put together: it has an excellent follow which is uninterrupted by the inclusion of cases and materials.  This is some achievement because one of the problems with a book including cases and materials is that they can easily interrupt the flow if they are too long or poorly selected.  The text is also very well-written; being both accessible while, at the same time, including a superb detail of academic analysis.  The footnotes are also an excellent resource for further research.

If you are looking for a one-stop resource on medical law then this latest edition of Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials is an excellent choice.  It comes with an online resource centre ("ORC").  The ORC includes three resources: a glossary of phrases from the Concise Medical Dictionary; a list of web links; and updates (of which there are currently none).  The glossary is, however, indispensable and really adds value to an excellent text, cases and materials book.  If the ORC regularly includes updates, then there will be few texts which offer a better resource for medical law students.

Reviewed on 3 August 2014

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